Apple Executive Says The Implants In 'Black Mirror' Could Soon Become A Reality

In "The Entire History of You" which aired in 2011, screenwriter Jesse Armstrong imagined a world where humans recorded every moment of their lives through an implant placed behind the ear.

The implant made it possible to rewatch your life, from the happiest moments to the most heartbreaking. To tell the story, the show was presented from the perspective of a character named Liam whose relationship was on the rocks.

The implications of this technological revolution on romantic relationships were both chilling and compelling, and showed how relationships might evolve in the near future (spoiler: not looking good!)


And Tom Gruber, the co-creator of Siri, can confirm. At a recent TED talk in Vancouver, the designer said using artificial intelligence to catalog our experiences and enhance our memory is inevitable. 

Will our privacy be at risk?

Facebook, Elon Musk and lots of other Silicon Valley firms are also banking on this upcoming tech revolution, which would telepathy via artificial intelligence a reality.

Even so, Gruber reassures us that measures will be taken to protect privacy and that there are lots of good applications for the technology other than just sabotaging your relationship.

The implant could help people suffering from serious psychological disorders, like schizophrenia, to make big progress. He said:

"It's the difference between a life of isolation and one of dignity and connection. We get to choose what is and is not recalled and retained. It's absolutely essential that this be kept very secure."

Another application would be to help victims of sexual assault and violence. In time, this type of technology could serve as irrefutable proof in legal cases. It could also be useful in detecting diseases such as cancer.

The other side of the coin, of course, is the increasing homogenization of society, which is already rampant, and the fact that we'd pretty much be totally giving up on having a private life.

Fortunately, we're not quite there yet. They still need to find a way to implant the technology safely in the human brain, but the future could come knocking sooner than we think.

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